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Newmarket success for Digital Age relative

By | Digital Age

Mauritzfontein’s exciting new stallion Digital Age hails from a top-class female line, and the son of Invincible Spirit gained a further boost to his pedigree page following close relative Voodoo Queen scored at Newmarket on Friday.
A three-year-old daughter of Frankel, Voodoo Queen had not been seen since breaking her maiden over this distance on the RowleyMile Apr. 29, tracked fellow returning Natasha throughout the early stages of Friday’s Bet At Fillies’ Handicap. Earning the lead from that rival and her fellow Gosden-trained Morning Poem passing the furlong pole, the 13-8 favourite asserted up the rising ground to beat the latter by one and a quarter lengths.

Trained by Roger Varian, the lightly raced Voodoo Queen has now won twice from just four starts.

The beautifully bred filly is out of the Distorted Humor sired, G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Cursory Glance, a half-sister to Willow View -the dam of the top-class Digital Age.

The latter earned more than $1.263 million during a career which saw Digital Age capture the 2020 G1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes.
Digital Age, who shares his sire with such top-class stallions as I Am Invincible and Kingman, stands his first season at stud in 2022.

Ideal World relative wins Grand Prix de Paris

By | Ideal World

Mauritzfontein’s blue blooded stallion Ideal World gained yet another boost to his tremendous female line when his close relative Onesto captured Thursday’s G1 Grand Prix De Paris at Longchamp.
In the process, Onesto became the 25th G1 winner for his outstanding sire Frankel.

Anchored last early by Stephane Pasquier having run freely to post, the first Group 1 winner for his breeder Diamond Creek Farm who sported the colours of Gerard Augustin-Normand for the first time proved perfectly tractable in the race and saved energy tracking the other five. Producing the burst once straightened for home that is already his trademark over a12-furlong trip that was certain to play to his strengths, he produced a :11.09 penultimate sectional to overhaul the long-time leader Simca Mille a furlong fromhome. That rallying rival kept the winning margin to a neck only,with the Prix du Jockey-Club runner-up El Bodegon adding context 2 1/2 lengths back in third.
Now a winner of three of his six starts (he had also been victorious earlier in the year in the G2 Prix Greffulhe), Onesto had finished fifth in the G1 Qatar Prix Du Jockey Club on his previous start.

Out of the unraced Sea The Stars mare Onshore, Onesto’s third dam Kerali also ranks as the third dam of successful South African sire Ideal World.
The latter, whose progeny include the Equus Champions Rainbow Bridge, Smart Call, and Hermoso Mundo, has had another good season in 2021-2022 with his stakes winners including Donald McDonald, Ululate, and Cat Daddy.
A son of the breed-shaping sire Kingmambo, Ideal World has four lots on offer at the upcoming August Two Year Old Sale.

Smart debut winner for Ideal World

By | Ideal World

Mauritzfontein’s consistently successful sire Ideal World had a good few days this past week, with the Kingmambo son’s daughter Rattle Mouse lifting Friday’s Walmer Handicap at Fairview and the sire’s two-year-old daughter Imvoti making a winning debut at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday.

Trained by Justin Snaith, Imvoti overcame considerable greeness in running when she won Sunday’s Maiden Juvenile Plate (Fillies) (1600m). Under Richard Fourie, the Ideal World filly stayed on gamely to win by a neck on debut, despite hanging over the closing stages.
Bred by the Summerhill Stud, Imvoti is out of the Rambo Dancer mare Dignify, and she looks another promising filly for her sire.

Remarkably, Ideal World was responsible for the first three past the post in Friday’s Walmer Handicap (1800m) at Fairview. His five-year-old daughter Rattle Mouse scored by a neck, with fellow Ideal World daughters Wings Of Fire and Ideal Angel finishing second and third respectively.

Bred by Rathmor Stud, the Zietsman Oosthuizen trained Rattle Mouse has now won four times, with the mare’s previous efforts including a third place finish in the 2020 Listed Bass Racing River Jetez Stakes.
Out of the Alami mare Rattled, Rattle Mouse was originally knocked down to Nick Jonsson for R250 000 at the 2018 National Yearling Sale, before she was later sold on.
Ideal World has proved consistently successful since retiring to Mauritzfontein, with his notable flagbearers headed by the Equus Champions Rainbow Bridge, Smart Call and Hermoso Mundo.

The regally bred sire has five lots on offer at this year’s August Two Year Old Sale including a half-brother (Lot 84) to G3 Gold Bowl winner Imperial Ruby, and a three-parts brother (Lot 264) to G3 Three Troikas Stakes queen Mount Laurel.


By | Danon Platina

Mauritzfontein’s beautifully bred young stallion Danon Platina has made a fine start with his first yearlings on sale this season, and the son of the legendary Deep Impact enjoyed more first-crop sales ring success this week.

Danon Platina ended Thursday’s KZN Yearling Sale as the Leading First Season Sire by Aggregate.
The handsome grey had just six yearlings on sale, but all six offered were sold for an aggregate of R1.12 million, placing Danon Platina behind just Vercingetorix and Rafeef on the Leading Sires by Aggregate list on Thursday.

Danon Platina had two fillies make R400 000 apiece at this year’s KZN Yearling, with the Boland Stud consigned (as Agent) filly out of Bargeme sold to Zeyn Kirsten for that amount and Jehan Malherbe snapping up Mauritzfontein’s Danon Platina filly Powder Blue for the same amount.

The former Japanese champion had also enjoyed notable success at the National Yearling Sale earlier in the year, where Danon Platina sired yearlings made up to R700 000.

Japan’s Champion 2YO Colt of 2014, the G1 winning Danon Platina shares his legendary sire with numerous champions including the likes of 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior, French Derby winner Study Of Man, Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf queen Loves Only You, ill-fated Cazoo Oaks winner Snowfall and numerous Japanese classic winners and champions.


By | Ideal World

Mauritzfontein’s successful sire Ideal World hails from one of the best families in the stud book and the son of Kingmambo received yet another boost to his stellar pedigree when Ideal World’s close relative Masen won the G3 Poker Handicap at Belmont on Saturday.

A Juddmonte homebred, Masen provided his trainer Chad Brown with a first Poker Handicap success following his score in Saturday’s turf race.
Masen was traveling well down the backstretch as the Jose Ortiz-piloted Public Sector angled outside of a ground-saving Sanctuary City and two-wide Penalty into a stalking position through a half-mile in :48.26.
Wolfie’s Dynaghost led the field into the turn as Flavien Prat maneuvered Masen to the outside and into the clear, taking command at the stretch call with Public Sector launching an outside rally and Sanctuary City cutting the corner.

Masen, under right-handed encouragement from Prat, stayed on strong to the wire for a one-length win in a final time of 1:34.16. He paid $2.60 to win.
Masen finished second by a nose on debut for Brown in the G1 Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes at Keeneland. He followed last out with a five-length romp in the Seek Again Stakes over good going at Belmont.

A four-year-old son of Kingman, Masen is out of the Smart Strike mare Continental Drift, whose G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly &Mare Turf winning dam Intercontinental is a full-sister to the champion dam, Banks Hill, of Ideal World.

Sire of champions Rainbow Bridge, Smart Call and Hermoso Mundo, Ideal World is currently responsible for nearly 30 stakes winners.

Ideal World filly wins Syringa Handicap

By | Farm news, Ideal World

Mauritzfontein’s consistently successful sire Ideal World came up with his 29th stakes winner when his classy daughter Ululate won the Listed Syringa Handicap (1600m) at Turffontein on Sunday.
Trained by her owner St John Gray, four-year-old Ululate received a well judged ride from Muzi Yeni, with Yeni producing Ululate with a sustained late run which saw the Ideal World filly stay on powerfully to land the 2022 Syringa Handicap by nearly a length and a quarter.

The Syringa Handicap was a fine result for Ideal World, whose daughters Ululate and Florentine ran first and fourth respectively.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Ululate has now won seven times for earnings of over R430 000.

Out of the Shamardal mare Shauntrel, Ululate was a R100 000 buy from the 2019 National Yearling Sale.

She is one of a large number of talented fillies sired by Ideal World, with the latter’s other high-class daughters including champion Smart Call and such graded stakes winners as Inverroche, Mount Laurel, Saragon, Vistula, and Zante.

Ideal World, whose other stakes winners this season include Cat Daddy and Donald McDonald, has four lots on offer at the 2022 KZN Yearling Sale.


By | Farm news, Ideal World

Promising three-year-old colt Onesto, who hails from the immediate family of Mauritzfontein’s successful resident sire Ideal World, stamped himself a likely contender for this year’s G1 Qatar Prix Du Jockey Club (French Derby), when he won Sunday’s G2 Prix Greffuhle.

Promising filly, Agave, belatedly got the better of a protracted battle with Sir Bob Parker for second place but had no answer to Onesto, who surged down the outside after being held up by Stephane Pasquier.
The pair burst away to score by two and a half lengths, with Onesto now looking very much like a potential classic contender.
The son of Frankel was last seen when a modest eighth in the Prix de Fontainebleau – a key trial for the French Guineas – and clearly relished the step up from a mile to 1m2½f.
“It was too short for him last time. He’s by Frankel out of a Sea The Stars mare and stamina is there throughout the family, so this is the first time he’s run over the right distance,” said trainer Fabrice Chappet.
On Pasquier’s patient tactics, he added: “He had a bad draw [six out of six] and has a good turn of foot, so we decided to respect him. It’s a prep race again.He has the pedigree for that [a mile and a half] but we’ll go step by step. We’ll go for the Jockey Club first and take it from there.”

Now twice a winner from four starts, Onesto is out of the Sea The Stars mare Onshore -whose granddam Kerali also ranks as the third dam of Ideal World.


By | Danon Platina, Farm news

The legendary, late Deep Impact came up with a posthumous 56th G1 winner when his progressive daughter Glint Of Hope won Saturday’s G1 Grand Syndications Australasian Oaks.
The daughter of Deep Impact kept up a relentless gallop to defeat the admirably brave Rebel Raider filly Barb Raider by a head, with the favoured Frankel filly My Wisper a further long-head back in third.
Bred by Raffles Dancers, Glint Of Hope advances her record to two wins, three seconds, and three thirds from nine starts, with earnings of $406,170.

The filly, the 185th stakes winner for her remarkable sire, has a serious Oaks pedigree and is the best of two winners from as many to race out of the imported Fastnet Rock mare Sacred Sight.

Glint Of Hope is the fourth Australian G1 winner for ten times Japanese champion sire Deep Impact, with the latter’s other top level G1 winners in Australia being Profondo (Spring Champion Stakes), Real Impact (George Ryder Stakes), and Fierce Impact (Cantala Stakes, Toorak Handicap, Makybe Diva Stakes).

Deep Impact’s champion son Danon Platina has made a fine start with members of his first crop making up to R700 000 at the recent National Yearling Sale.

National Sales success for Mauritzfontein sires

By | Danon Platina, Farm news

Mauritzfontein’s resident sires Danon Platina and Ideal World both enjoyed notable success at the recently concluded National Yearling Sale, which took place in Germiston on Thursday and Friday.

Deep Impact’s champion son Danon Platina has made a cracking start with his first yearlings have already proven popular prior to the 2022 National Sale, and Danon Platina built on that success at the National Yearling Sale.
Danon Platina had 14 yearlings fetch R4.415 million, with his lots averaging R315 357 in total.

His top priced lot was a colt (Lot 358) named Plaza Accord who was knocked down to Peter Muscutt for R700 000. Plaza Accord, who was consigned by Varsfontein Stud, is out of Judpot’s well performed daughter Double Whammy, whose four wins included a score in the G3 Diana Stakes.

Danon Platina had other members of his first crop make R600 000 and R450 000 -certainly a very promising start!

Mauritzfontein’s consistently successful Kingmambo horse Ideal World, whose current flagbearers include Michaelmas Handicap winner Donald McDonald and recent Kings Cup victor Cat Daddy, also made headlines at this year’s National Sale.
The sire of South Africa’s reigning Horse Of The Year Rainbow Bridge, Ideal World had a Wilgerbosdrift consigned colt Hoodia (Lot 249) make R850 000 when he was knocked down to Sabine Plattner at the 2022 National Sale.


By | Digital Age

Mauritzfontein’s exciting new stallion Digital Age hails from a truly outstanding family and his female line was yet again to the fore on Tuesday when promising two-year-old Carmela made a stunning, winning debut at Yarmouth.
A first ever winner for her sire Tasleet (who like Digital Age hails from the Green Desert male line), Carmela broke well and was always travelling strongly in the five-furlong heat. It took only a shake of the reins from jockey Richard Kingscote for her to surge clear of her rivals, and she eventually won by a cosy two and a quarter lengths.

Her trainer Dave Loughnane holds Carmela in high regard and he plans to run her next in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The filly sports legendary racemare Time Charter as her fourth dam, with that brilliant mare also fifth dam of Digital Age.

One of the finest racemares to race in Britain in the 1980’s, Time Charter was Britain’s Champion 3YO Filly of 1982 and Britain’s top-rated older filly/mare for both 1983 and 1984.

Her descendant Digital Age, a son of outstanding sire Invincible Spirit, showed top-class form on the turf, with his victories headed by a win in the 2020 G1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes -a race won previously by such stellar performers as Manila, Lure and subsequently highly successful sire English Channel.